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@NoCutz CAREER: He has 51 tackles (0.5 for a loss) and 1 deflection in his career.
2012: Burnett, also a member of USC's track team, will serve as a backup cornerback and could play on special teams as a senior in 2012.
2011: Burnett, a one-time walk-on who earned a scholarship in the spring of 2011 after his unexpected rise from the track team to become a key contributor with the Trojans in 2010, served as a backup cornerback and key special teams player as a junior in 2011. He was moved from safety to cornerback in 2011 spring practice. Overall in 2011 while appearing in all 12 games, he had 25 tackles and 1 deflection. He had 6 tackles against Minnesota, 5 against Utah, 4 versus Stanford and 3 each against Washington and UCLA.
2010: As a sophomore walk-on backup safety and cornerback in 2010 (his first season with the Trojan football team), Burnett saw most of his action on special teams until moving into a key role in the secondary at the end of the year. Overall in 2010 while appearing in all 13 games (he started against UCLA), he had 26 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss. He won USC's Joe Collins Walk-on Award. He had 1 tackle at Hawaii and Minnesota, 2 stops against Washington, then 1 stop in each of the next 6 games (Stanford, California, Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona and Oregon State). He then came off the bench early in the Notre Dame game to fill in for an injured T.J. McDonald at free safety and had 10 tackles (0.5 for a loss). He started at UCLA and had 6 tackles.
TRACK: He has been a jumper and sprinter on USC's track team, concentrating on the long and triple jumps in 2012. In 2011, he won the triple jump at the Trojan Tri Meet (after completing a two-and-a-half hour spring football practice that morning) with a career-best leap of 49-9, he was sixth in the long jump at the UCLA dual meet (22-3), he competed at the Pac-10 Meet (he was 12th in the triple jump and 23rd in the long jump) and the NCAA West Regional Meet, and he had season bests of 22-7 1/4 in the long jump and 11.22 in the 100 meters. In 2010, he placed ninth in both the long jump and triple jump at the Pac-10 Championships and was fifth in both jumps at the UCLA dual meet. He has career bests of 23-3 1/4 in the long jump, 49-9 in the triple jump, 10.85 in the 100 meters and 22.17 in the 200 meters.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: He played football as a 2008 freshman at Los Angeles (Calif.) Southwest Junior College, then was on the track team there in 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: He prepped at Mayfair High in Lakewood (Calif.), where as a 2007 senior defensive back and wide receiver he had 7 interceptions and 18 tackles on defense and caught 15 passes for 304 yards (20.3 avg.) with 4 TDs on offense.
He also was on Mayfair's track team, making 2008 All-CIF, All-State, All-Conference and Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team first team.
PERSONAL: He's a human performance major at USC.